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A CONSOLIDATED HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 230 SCHOOL THOUGHT MEANING ACTION
Congratulations to the Academic Top 1% of the Class of 2019! Alexa Barstatis, Claire Conroy, Aarthi Kottapalli, Normante
Grabauskaite, Catherine Droesch and Andrew Demma were recognized at Stagg’s annual Senior Recognition Night held on
Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
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Dates to Remember
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Richard Nogal, President
Melissa Gracias, Vice President
Susan Dalton, Secretary
Dr. James M. Gay, Superintendent
Eric Olsen, Principal
4 Casimir Pulaski Day - No School
5 Parent Teacher Conferences
No Student Attendance
5 Annual Residency Verification
7 Athletic Booster Meeting
7 Spring Band Concert
9 National ACT
9 Spring Athlete Parent Meeting
11 Music Booster Meeting
12 Spring Choral Concert
13 St. Baldrick’s Game
14 Brass Recital
16-17 Music Booster’s Craft Fair
19 Woodwind Recital
20 6th/7th Grade Transition Night
20 Board Meeting
22 Early Release - 1:00 p.m. Dismissal
25 Spring Break Begins
Looking Ahead — April
1 Reconvene School after
2 Music Booster Meeting
9 SAT Testing - No Senior Attendance
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Stagg High School and District 230 continue to review traffic safety for our students and families
arriving and departing the campus. As some of you may have noticed, on certain days, Palos Hills
Police is unable to obtain traffic control for our parking lot entrance on 111th Street in the morning.
To ensure consistency, I am happy to report that the District has contracted with Palos Hills Police
Department to provide two community service officers for traffic support on 111th during both
arrival and departure times moving forward. Palos Hills Police are in the process of hiring these
individuals and we hope to have them in place in the near future.
Additionally, the District worked with an outside company who specializes in traffic patterns to
complete a traffic study of the Stagg campus. The study analyzed the traffic patterns and volume of
traffic attempting to access our campus both in the morning and the afternoon. Due to the volume
of traffic on our campus the company was limited with recommendations they could make to
adjust traffic patterns at Stagg; however, we will work to implement some of the ideas provided in
the near future.
We also ask that you review the reminders below and do your part to ensure the safety of our
students arriving and departing our campus.
1. Give yourself enough time to arrive at school! Our Commons are supervised beginning at
7:30 a.m. with breakfast items available for purchase. Students can begin to arrive at this time
for their first hour class. Given the large number of students and parents driving their children
to school, it should be understood that there will be back-ups if everyone tries to access the
campus between 7:45 and 7:55 a.m.
2. The school bus is a great option! Our school buses have an excellent record of on-time arrival!
3. NEVER drop your child off on the side of the road or in intersections.
4. Students should ALWAYS use crosswalks and NEVER walk in the streets.
5. Students should not be on their cell phones when crossing the street and should always be
aware of the environment around them.
6. Cell phone use while driving is against the law, this applies while on the school campus.
I would also like to take a moment to share information regarding absenteeism. The Illinois Board
of Education now identifies students who are Chronically Absent. ISBE defines this absenteeism
as any day a student is not in attendance at least 50% of the school day, whether excused or
unexcused. The threshold the State has established is 10% of the school year. We will be reaching
out to families to remind them of their child’s current attendance status and also share with families
if their child’s current attendance is on track to be identified by the State as Chronically Absent.
Attendance is one of the strongest indicators of student success and we will continue to provide
supports for families whose children struggle with regular attendance.
As we enter into the final third of the school year, planning for next year is in full swing. Students
completed their class registration for the 2019-2020 school year and we are now planning the
course schedules for next year.
As administration and staff look forward to next year, our students are doing the same. Juniors
are focused on the upcoming SAT exam and opportunities to explore colleges, careers and military
possibilities abound at Stagg. Students should engage in activities that explore their post-secondary
passions and interests and we encourage students and parents to reach out to their guidance
counselor if they need any assistance.
Our Guidance Department offers a number of activities for students to begin the planning process.
Check out the Guidance page of our website for more information. Our school also offers college
field trips to a number of local colleges and universities.
Finally, it is not too late for students to get involved in activities at Stagg. The spring athletic season
is beginning and sports, such as track, is open to all students. Students should not hesitate to
reach out to coaches and sponsors as clubs and organizations are always open to accepting new
members and participants.
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Stagg Students Receive Commitment to Service Award from the Office of
the Cook County Sheriff
Stagg Business Students Score Big at the Regional DECA Competition
Congratulations to Stagg students who received the “Commitment to Service” Award from the Office of the Cook Country Sheriff. These
students were selected for showing an exceptional commitment to serving others and having an outstanding spirit for volunteering. The award
is given to residents of Cook County, grades 9-12, who provided meaningful volunteer service to their communities. A minimum of 100 hours
of voluntary (unpaid) community service within one calendar year is required to qualify.
On Friday, January 25, students from Mr. Duffy and Ms. Kuyper’s Work
Program classes, along with other club members, participated in the Regional
DECA competition. DECA is a club that helps prepare students as leaders and
entrepreneurs for careers in many business areas.
The competition is the culmination of the many DECA activities that the
students participated in throughout the school year. At the Regional event,
the students competed in one of a wide variety of business events ranging
from Accounting Applications to Marketing Management to Sports and
Entertainment. Moraine Valley Community College hosted the event with over
15 different schools and over 350 students participating.
This year, eleven students from Stagg finished in the top four in the individual
events and qualified for the state competition. The state competition is held
in Rosemont, IL on March 7-9. If any student places there, they are eligible to
compete at Nationals, which this year are being held at Walt Disney World in
Orlando, FL. We are very proud of all the students who competed this year.
Good luck at the State Finals in March.
2018-2019 Award Winners Include:
Seniors: Mrad Ahmed, Sham Aldos, Alyssa Barraco, Samantha
Doherty, Julia Frances Jimenez, Aarthi Kottapalli, Shaheena Papa,
Anna Szymonik, Karolina Talaga, Jessica Wojciechowski.
Juniors: Ronya Abulaila, Adnan Dzananovic, Peter Gordan, Samer
Hussein, Assel Salem, Dana Sallouha.
Sophomores: Tasneem Hamed, Lawton Lochow, Krista Maloney
and Erin Moran
Not pictured: Ahmad Abdulqader, Mohammed Abuasab, Nur Al
Kodmany, Remah Alkjhatib, Ibrahim Horeish, Nicolas Kopanis,
Mutasem Moussa, Jeffrey Oblazny, Oliwia Rozanski, Pawel Rozanski
Amos Alonzo Stagg Drama Club
– P R E S E N T S –
CHICAGO The Musical
April 11 & 12, 7 p.m.
April 13, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Adults - $9
Students, Children & Senior Citizens - $7
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School Psychologist Corner
Executive functions are cognitive processes that occur in the frontal
lobe area of the brain that allow us to plan, organize, make
decisions, pay attention, regulate behavior, solve problems
and evaluate decisions. This month I will focus on ways
to regulate our behavior as we focus on a simple
daily activity: Walking. A basic walking meditation is
simple. Starts with noticing yourself walking as you
walk; by making your body sensations the focal point.
A good start is noticing the sensation of your feet
on the ground. How does your foot feel when it hits
the ground? What part of your foot hits the ground
first? Last? How does it feel when I slow down my
walk? Mindful walking promotes focused attention
and keeps you in the present moment. Practicing
focused attention exercises brain muscles and
being in the present moment reduces anxiety and
Frank J. Kowalik MEd.S, MCT
Stagg School Psychologist
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